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WTA SCOREBOARD: US Open

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
US Open, 1st Rd Mon-Tue Aug 25-26 11am
loser's prize: $39,500; points: 5
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA v n86 Vitalia Diatchenko RUS Mon cAS m4 7pm+
n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU v n99 Marina Erakovic NZL Tue
n4 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN v n411 wc Jamie Loeb USA Tue
n5 s5 Petra Kvitova CZE v n126 q Laura Siegemund GER Tue
n6 s6 Lucie Safarova CZE v n46 Lesia Tsurenko UKR Tue
n7 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB v n58 Dominika Cibulkova SVK Mon cAS m1 11am
n8 s8 Karolina Pliskova CZE v n121 q Anna Tatishvili USA Mon cG m2
n9 s9 Garbine Muguruza ESP v n49 Carina Witthoeft GER Tue
n10 s10 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP v n76 Denisa Allertova CZE Mon c6 m3
n11 s11 Angelique Kerber GER v n51 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU Tue
n12 s12 Belinda Bencic SUI v n106 Sesil Karatantcheva BUL Mon c5 m4
n13 s13 Ekaterina Makarova RUS v n53 Teliana Pereira BRA Mon c12 m1 11am
n14 s14 Timea Bacsinszky SUI v n41 Barbora Strycova CZE Tue
n15 s15 Agnieszka Radwanska POL v n68 K Siniakova CZE Mon c11 m1 11am
n16 s16 Sara Errani ITA v n177 q Mayo Hibi JPN Tue
n17 s17 Elina Svitolina UKR v n107 q Elizaveta Kulichkova RUS Mon c14 m2
n18 s18 Andrea Petkovic GER v n36 Caroline Garcia FRA Tue
n19 s19 Madison Keys USA v n107 Klara Koukalova CZE Mon cG m4
n20 s20 Victoria Azarenka BLR v n55 Lucie Hradecka CZE Tue
n21 s21 Jelena Jankovic SRB v n128 wc Oceane Dodin FRA Mon c13 m2
n22 s22 Samantha Stosur AUS v n73 Timea Babos HUN Tue
n23 s23 Venus Williams USA v n85 Monica Puig PUR Mon cAS m1 1pm+
n24 s24 Sabine Lisicki GER v n118 q Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR Tue
n25 s25 Eugenie Bouchard CAN v n56 Alison Riske USA Mon c17 m3
n26 s26 Flavia Pennetta ITA v n75 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS Tue
n27 s27 Alize Cornet FRA v n82 Kurumi Nara JPN Tue
n28 s28 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU v n69 Olga Govortsova BLR Tue
n29 s29 Sloane Stephens USA v n43 CoCo Vandeweghe USA Mon cAR m3
n30 s30 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS v n39 Kristina Mladenovic FRA Mon c7 m2
n31 s31 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS v n79 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK Mon c15 m2
n32 s32 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova SVK v n50 Julia Goerges GER Tue
n33 Karin Knapp ITA v n62 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO Tue
n34 Zarina Diyas KAZ v n64 Polona Hercog SLO Mon c14 m3
n35 Camila Giorgi ITA v n57 Johanna Larsson SWE Tue
n37 LL Daria Gavrilova RUS v n133 Daria Kasatkina RUS Mon c11 m4 5pm+
n40 Monica Niculescu ROU v n132 q Alexandra Panova RUS Tue
n42 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL v n52 Mona Barthel GER Tue
n44 Varvara Lepchenko USA v n89 Kirsten Flipkens BEL Tue
n45 Madison Brengle USA v n70 Saisai Zheng CHN Mon c4 m1 11am
n47 Roberta Vinci ITA v n412 sr73 Vania King USA Mon c13 m4
n48 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO v n109 q Kiki Bertens NED Mon c12 m4
n54 Alison van Uytvanck BEL v n257 q Jessica Pegula USA Mon c7 m1 11am
n59 Christina McHale USA v n149 sr56 Petra Cetkovska CZE Tue
n60 Casey Dellacqua AUS v n152 q Anett Kontaveit EST Mon c10 m1 11am
n61 Heather Watson GBR v n84 Lauren Davis USA Mon c17 m1 11am
n63 Annika Beck GER v n114 q Jelena Ostapenko LAT Tue
n65 Aleksandra Krunic SRB v n81 Danka Kovinic MNE Tue
n66 Tatjana Maria GER v n78 Ana Konjuh CRO Mon c9 m4
n67 Daniela Hantuchova SVK v n88 Misaki Doi JPN Mon c10 m4
n72 Irina Falconi USA v n220 wc Samantha Crawford USA Mon c11 m3
n74 Andreea Mitu ROU v n100 Tereza Smitkova CZE Mon c15 m4
n77 Yulia Putintseva KAZ v n104 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR Tue
n80 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER v n95 Kaia Kanepi EST Mon c9 m2
n83 Urszula Radwanska POL v n92 Magda Linette POL Mon c4 m2
n90 Yanina Wickmayer BEL v n94 Francesca Schiavone ITA Tue
n91 Lara Arruabarrena ESP v n97 Bojana Jovanovski SRB Mon c16 m1 11am
n93 Evgeniya Rodina RUS v n193 q Tereza Mrdeza CRO Tue
n96 q Johanna Konta GBR v n120 wc Louisa Chirico USA Tue
n98 Mariana Duque-Marino COL v n765 wc Sofia Kenin USA Mon c6 m1 11am
n101 wc B Mattek-Sands USA v n208 q Kateryna Kozlova UKR Mon c5 m3
n105 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP v n117 wc Nicole Gibbs USA Tue
n110 Elena Vesnina RUS v n727 sr58 Laura Robson GBR Tue
n112 Qiang Wang CHN v n206 q Maria Sakkari GRE Tue
n137 wc Sachia Vickery USA v n154 q Shelby Rogers USA Tue
US Open, 2nd Rd Wed-Thu Aug 27-28 11am
loser's prize: $68,600; points: 100
US Open, 3rd Rd Fri-Sat Aug 29-30 11am
loser's prize: $120,200; points: 130
US Open, 4th Rd, Sun-Mon Aug 31-Sep 1 11am
loser's prize: $213,575; points: 240
US Open, QFs, Tues-Wed Sep 2-3 11am & Noon
loser's prize: $410,975; points: 430
US Open, SFs, Fri Sep 5 1:45pm & 3:45pm
loser's prize: $805,000; points: 780
US Open, Final, Sun Sep 7 4:30pm
loser's prize: $1,600,000; points: 1300
winner's prize: $3,300,000; points: 2000
US Open, Doubles Final, Sat Sep 6
loser's prize: $275,000
winner's prize: $570,000

US Open, Mixed Doubles Final, Fri Sep 5
loser's prize: $70,000
winner's prize: $150,000

US Open, Girls Singles Final, Sun Sep 7

US Open, Girls Doubles Final, Sat Sep 6

US Open, Qualifying Finals Fri Aug 28 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $5,000 2pts; q2 $10,000 40pts; q3 $15,000 50pts; qualifier 60 points
*n193 Tereza Mrdeza CRO d n87 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 5-7, 7-6(8), 7-6(4)
n96 Johanna Konta GBR d n260 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
n104 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d n123 Nao Hibino JPN 6-1, 6-1
n107 Elizaveta Kulichkova RUS d n133 Daria Kasatkina RUS 6-2, 6-4
n109 Kiki Bertens NED d n203 Renata Voracova CZE 6-0, 6-4
n114 Jelena Ostapenko LAT d n161 Catherine Bellis USA 6-3, 6-2
n118 Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR d n192 Misa Eguchi JPN 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4
*n154 Shelby Rogers USA d n119 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
n121 Anna Tatishvili USA d n189 Ysaline Bonaventure BEL 6-1, 0-6, 6-2
n126 Laura Siegemund GER d n182 Alize Lim FRA 6-0, 2-0 retired
n132 Alexandra Panova RUS d n827 Claire Liu USA 6-4, 6-1
*n206 Maria Sakkari GRE d n139 Petra Martic CRO 6-4 6-4
*n208 Kateryna Kozlova UKR d n141 Maryna Zanevska UKR 6-1 6-1
n152 Anett Kontaveit EST d n170 Naomi Broady GBR 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-4
*n177 Mayo Hibi JPN d n176 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-4, 6-4
n257 Jessica Pegula USA d n309 Melanie Oudin USA 7-6(8), 6-0

US Open, Withdrawals/Non-entries
n3 s3 Maria Sharapova RUS leg injury
n38 Shuai Peng CHN
nNR sr90 Alisa Kleybanova RUS

  WTA Aug 23-29: New Haven

New Haven:

#6 Lucie Safarova
5'9" 137lb LH 2H-BH
New Haven:

#4 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

Connecticut Open, New Haven, CT PREMIER 700 $731,000 30m/48q/16d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! news | WTA

    On Saturday at Yale University, in the final of the Connecticut Open, the 2014 & 2012 New Haven champion (and 2014 Wimbledon champ), 25 year old 2nd (top) seeded #4 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated the 2015 champion at Doha (and French Open finalist), 28 year old 4th seeded #6 (career high: #6) Lucie Safarova from Brno, Czech Republic, 6(6)-7, 6-2, 6-2 (Lucie is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the glassware afterward).

    Petra's prize is $120,000; Lucie's prize is $64,000.

    Petra said: "In the important moments, I really served well."

    Lucie said: "I made a couple of mistakes, and [Petra] just took the opportunity."

    Petra now leads Lucie 7-0 in career matches. Their previous meeting was last year on a chlorophyll court in the semifinals of The Championships at Wimbledon, when Petra defeated Lucie 7-6(6), 6-1.

    Petra is now 17-5 in WTA singles finals; she has a 30-10 singles match record this season. Lucie is now 6-9 in WTA singles finals. Her singles match record in 2015 is 31-16.

    Petra will play qualifier #126 Laura Siegemund of Germany in the 1st round of the US Open on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday in the 1st round at Flushing Meadows, Lucie will play #46 Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine (whom Lucie defeated in the semifinals at New Haven on Friday.)

WTA SCOREBOARD: New Haven

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
New Haven, Final, Sat 3pm+
loser's prize: $64,000 US; points: 305
winner's prize: $120,000 US; points: 470
n4 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n6 s4 wc Lucie Safarova CZE 6(6)-7, 6-2, 6-2
New Haven, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $20,000 US
winners' prize: $38,000 US
s4 Julia Goerges & Lucie Hradecka
    d Chia-Jung Chuan & Chen Liang 6-3, 6-1

New Haven, Withdrawals
n3 s1 Simona Halep ROU left thigh injury
n12 Belinda Bencic SUI right wrist injury
n13 Ekaterina Makarova RUS right lower leg injury
n30 Sloane Stephens USA

  WTA Aug 17-23: Cincinnati

Mason, Ohio:

#3 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH
Mason, Ohio:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

W & S Open Mason (Cincinnati), OH PREMIER 5 $2,513,000 56m/48q/28d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! - WTA

    On Sunday near Cincinnati, in the final of the Western & Southern Open, the 2014 Cincinnati champ (and the 2015 Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon champion), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated last week's finalist at Toronto (and the 2015 champion at Dubai and Shenzhen), 23 year old 2nd seeded #3 (career high: #2) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, 6-3, 7-6(5) (photos shown). Serena's prize is $495,000; Simona's prize is $240,500.

  WTA Aug 10-16: Toronto

Toronto:

#3 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH
Toronto:

#22 Belinda Bencic
5'9" 139lb RH 2H-BH

Rogers Cup, Toronto, CAN PREMIER 5 $2,513,000 56m/48q/28d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! | WTA

    On Sunday at Toronto, Canada, in the final of the Rogers Cup, the 2015 champion at Eastbourne, 18 year old #22 (career high: #22) Belinda Bencic from Flawil, Switzerland, defeated the 2015 champion at Dubai and Shenzhen, 23 year old 2nd seeded #3 (career high: #2) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, 7-6(5), 6(4)-7, 3-0 retired when Simona could not continue due to a leg injury and heat illness (Simona is shown during the match; Belinda is shown holding the hardware afterward). Belinda's prize is $456,000; Simona's prize is $227,640.

  WTA Aug 3-9: Stanford & DC

Washington:

#34 Sloane Stephens
5' 7" 136lb RH 2H-BH
Stanford:

#13 Angelique Kerber
5' 8" 150lb LH 2H-BH

BOTW Classic, Stanford, CA PREMIER 700 $731,000 28m/16q/16d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! news | WTA

Citi Open Washington, D.C. INTL $250,000 32m/16q/16d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! news | WTA

    On Sunday at Stanford, in the final of the Bank of the West Classic, the 2014 Stanford finalist (and 2015 champion at Birmingham, Stuttgart & Charleston), 27 year old 5th seeded #13 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, defeated the 2015 champion at Prague, 23 year old 6th seeded #12 (career high: #12) Karolina Pliskova from Louny, Czech Republic, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 (photo shown). Angelique's prize is $120,000; Karolina's prize is $64,000.

    Meanwhile at Washington, DC, in the final of the Citi Open, a 2013 Australian Open semifinalist, 22 year old #34 (career high: #12) Sloane Stephens from Coral Springs, Florida, won her first WTA title by defeating the 2013 Monterrey champion, 24 year old #42 (career high: #13) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Moscow, Russia, 6-1, 6-2 (photo shown). Sloane's prize is $43,000; Anastasia's prize is $21,400.

  WTA November 14-15 2015 Fed Cup Final

    Czech Republic will host Russia for the Fed Cup final, November 14-15. The Czechs won the Fed Cup three of the last four years; Russia last won the title in 2008.

2016 Fed Cup World Group: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Swiss, Romania, Netherlands.
2016 Fed Cup World Group II: USA, Serbia, Poland, Canada, Spain, Belarus, Slovakia, Australia.

  WTA June 29-July 12: Wimbledon

London:

#20 Garbine Muguruza
6' 0" 161lb RH 2H-BH
London:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

The Championships Wimbledon, GBR Grand Slam Prize$: £26,750,000 - outdoor: grass
draws: W sing, pdf - mix doub women's: q - singles - d men's: q - singles - d

    On Saturday at London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2002, '03, '09 '10 & '12 Wimbledon champion (and 2015 Australian Open & French Open champ), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won her 6th Wimbledon title by defeating the 2014 champion at Hobart, Tasmania, 21 year old 20th seeded #20 (career high: #20) Garbine Muguruza from Barcelona, Spain, 6-4, 6-4 (Garbi is shown during the match, Serena is shown holding the "Venus Rosewater Dish" afterward). Serena's prize is £1,880,000 ($2,077,757 US); Garbine's prize is £940,000 ($1,038,878 US).

  WTA: May 24-Jun 8 French Open

Roland Garros:

#13 Lucie Safarova
5'9" 137lb LH 2H-BH
Roland Garros:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

Roland Garros Grand Slam Prize$: €12,864,000 | 128 players - outdoor: red clay
matches: Live Scores - OOP - results draws: W sing, pdf - mix doub
women's: qualif. - singles - doub men's: qualif. - singles - doub

    On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2015 French Open, the 2013 & 2002 RG champion (and 2015 Australian Open & Miami champ), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2015 champion at Doha, 28 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #11) Lucie Safarova from Brno, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6(2)-7, 6-2 (Lucie is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward). Serena's prize is €1,800,000 (about $2,031,383 US); Lucie's prize is €900,000 (about $1,015,691 US).

  WTA Jan 19-Feb 1: Australian Open

Melbourne:

#2 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH
Melbourne:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

Australian Open, Melbourne Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: hard AUD$40,000,000
draws: WS, .pdf - XD women's: Q - S - D men's: Q - S - D

    On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2015 Australian Open, the 2003, '05, '07, '09 & '10 AO champion (and 2014 champ at Flushing Meadows, Stanford, Rome, Miami & Brisbane), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won her 6th Australian Open title by defeating the 2008 AO champ & 2015 champion at Brisbane (and 2014 champ at Beijing, Roland Garros, Madrid & Stuttgart), 27 year old 2nd seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), 6-3, 7-6(5) (Maria is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward). Serena's prize is AUD$3,100,000 (about $2,425,900 US); Maria's prize is AUD$1,550,000 (about $1,212,900 US).

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    (October 8, 2014) "The WTA Elite Trophy, a brand new singles and doubles event offering $2.15 million in prize money, will be staged in Zhuhai in southern China for the next five years from 2015 to 2019.
    "The 12-player singles field in Zhuhai will consist of players ranked No.9 through No.20 in the world, along with one wildcard, in a four-group round robin format. The winners of each respective group will advance to the single elimination semifinal stage of the event. Meanwhile, six doubles teams will compete in a two-group round robin format, with the winner of each group advancing to the final...
    "The event in Zhuhai will replace the Tournament Of Champions on the 2015 WTA calendar." WTA story
    Zhuhai is located just north of Macau, across from Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta, south of Guangzhou.

    (September 20, 2014) Former WTA #1 Victoria Azarenka is will not play again in 2014 to allow time for a nagging foot injury to heal. The two-time Australian Open champion said: "Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season... I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season..." Victoria Azarenka at Facebook

    (September 19, 2014) Australian Open champion and former WTA #2 Li Na has retired from professional tennis due to knee problems that have troubled her intermittently for years. Na said: "After four knee surgeries and hundreds of shots injected into my knee weekly to alleviate swelling and pain, my body is begging me to stop the pounding. My previous three surgeries were on my right knee. My most recent knee surgery took place this July and was on my left knee. After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I tried to go through all the necessary steps to get back on the court. While I've come back from surgery in the past, this time it felt different. One of my goals was to recover as fast as I could in order to be ready for the first WTA tournament in my hometown of Wuhan. As hard as I tried to get back to being 100%, my body kept telling me that, at 32, I will not be able to compete at the top level ever again. The sport is just too competitive, too good, to not be 100%."
    Na finishes her career with 9 WTA singles titles, a 503-188 career singles match record, and $16,709,074 in prize money. Open Letter from Li Na Announcing her Retirement - Li Na at Facebook

    (August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
    At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.

    (Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
    Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
    Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement

    (Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story

    (Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.

    (Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story

    (Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.

    28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.
   

Gisela Dulko in Hong Kong, Jan 10, 2009

    (Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
Ana in SI-SE

    (Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.

    In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.

    Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
    As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.

    Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.

    (Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
  click for larger photo at SI-SE website

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Daniela Hantuchova
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Tatiana Golovin
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Maria Kirilenko

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      (Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.

    (Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.

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